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Report: Jazz trade Devin Harris to Hawks for Marvin Williams

Jul 2, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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The Hawks have added another point guard to the mix — they have traded for Devin Harris from Utah, sending Marvin Williams back to the Jazz, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

This comes on the heels of Atlanta shipping out All-Star Joe Johnson and his anchor of a contract for a bevy of players. Hawks new GM Danny Ferry is cleaning house and clearing out cap space, as this deal saves the Hawks more money. It’s the kind of moves the Hawks needed.

It’s also the kind of thing you might do if you were trying to trade for a disgruntled big man in Orlando who is an Atlanta native. Just something to watch, the Hawks have Al Horford and a lot of assets to move if they were thinking Howard. (And Josh Smith loves Dwight Howard, so maybe he stays and plays.) Or any other big move. Just thinking out loud. Clearly Ferry has the mandate to make bold moves.

Harris was considered a real up and comer for the Mavericks when he had the ball in his hand and it was considered a steal at the time when the Nets got him for Jason Kidd. But Harris never hit his stride with the Nets and was always a poor fit for the structured system of Utah. He has never been bad, more like pedestrian (11.3 points, 5 assists per game last season), we’ll see if he can snap out of that.

Pedestrian is how to describe Williams in Atlanta — the former No. 2 overall pick averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Hawks.

Utah adds some athleticism they could use in this deal and Williams is more useful to them than Harris.

  1. trybe29dr - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Top news? 2 bums who never lived up to expectations

  2. cidminion - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Actually Marvin didn’t live up to the hype. Harris was never supposed to be a star

  3. fanz928 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    All #2 pick don’t live up to their hype Darko beasly Marvin turner we will just have to see how Mkg turns into

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      yeah, that Kevin Durant fellow hasn’t seemed to work out either.

      • philadelphiafan - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM

        And what ever happened to that Bill Russell guy?…

    • wvuandsteelers - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      Don’t forget Sam Bowie

  4. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Hand Ferry executive of the year award for next year…dumped 100+ million in salary while taking back around 20million

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      in the course of a day he has gone from meh to genius in Atlanta.

  5. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Ferry is leader in clubhouse for executive of the year next year…dumped 100million in salary while only taking back 20million

  6. ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Devin Harris was good on an athletic Mavs team, should be good on an athletic Hawks team as well. I don’t foresee them jumping into the Howard scene anytime soon, but stranger things have happened.

  7. stadix093 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Makes you wonder if this is step one into trading Jeff Teague packaged with Josh Smith. That’ll fetch ya Pau Gasol.

    • briangetsit - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM

      No offense but why would Atlanta be dumping salary only to turn around and take on more long term? I am sticking with the fringes that are thinking Atlanta may make a run at D12. Look if it you make the trade and Howard nor Smith reup you are definitely in rebuilding phase with no big long term contracts. However if you make this team a kind of run & gun you might be able to convince both Smith and Howard to resign (name any other team they could possibly do that together?) and you have just gotten rid of the one contract that would prevent such a thing. Long shot, yes but the stars are aligning. Up to D12 now…

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      atlanta would never do that. Teague is pretty good and him and Josh are worth way more that Pau.

  8. dalucks - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    While everyone is in love with Danny Ferry, I will leave you with this realistic perspective. This is the same Danny Ferry who was the GM of the Cavs that made Lebron leave Cleveland.
    I am far from a Lebron fan, I am just saying be careful of what you ask for. Atlanta is now closer to the Bobcats than the Heat.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      He didn’t make Lebron leave Cleveland. Lebron did that on his own. Ferry did whatever he could to bring in new pieces. It didn’t work out. How are the Hawks close to the Bobcats? Do you watch basketball?

  9. istallion - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Ferry is the man!

  10. knightrider1755 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Devin Harris is a low-tier point guard who will never be in the upper echelon of NBA pg’s but who can play well enough to find work in the NBA with teams who are not willing to break the bank. Never has been the same player that played in Dallas under Avery Johnson. At times he can dazzle with brilliance in the way he drives to the basket, meandering around players in the paint. Other times he is a ho-hum player who sometimes looks as though he would rather be somewhere else.

  11. BreakTheHuddle - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Atlanta is the winner in this deal.One year of a bad deal instead of 2… even if they can’t land Dwight, Danny Ferry has gotten the Hawks out of two awful contracts in his first week on the job.

  12. progress2011 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Devin Harris, Jeff Teague and Jordan Farmar competing for the job…Should be fun and add a little excitement to the roster.
    The Hawks fans have GOTTA be excited to get rid of that over-rated, over-paid, passive Joe Johnson.
    The future is looking up !

  13. icewinna0 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Great trade for Utah Marvin Williams is a good athletic solid forward. With him, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans at forwards. Al Jefferson (best player), Enes Kanter as centers. Mo Williams as PG this team could make a big step forward. But need more at the 2 guard… Don’t know if I like Raja Bell and DeMarre Carroll just average players. I scratch my head with Atlanta doing this tho? They already Jeff Teage and probably Jordan Farmar so y trade a solid fowrward who knows the system for another PG, if toe going to trade Williams get another big bc Zaza Pachulia,
    Jason Collins isnt the answer.

    • phillyhouse222 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      “Great trade for Utah Marvin Williams is a good athletic solid forward”

      I literally laughed out loud after reading that. Marvin Williams in not “good”. He’s not “athletic”. And he’s not “solid.’ He is a forward, though, I’ll give you credit for that. Marvin does nothing well. He’s not a rebounder. He’s not a defender. He doesn’t hit jump shots consistently. He doesn’t go to the basket. And on top of that, he’ll disappear for long stretches in a game.

      The Hawks were smart to get Harris. Sure, the Hawks’ bigs aren’t anything to write home about. But most teams have that problem. I’m just glad I don’t have to watch Marvin Williams any more.

    • pglive21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I guess if you’re scratching your head about this trade when viewing from it Atlanta’s perspective, then you don’t really understand the financial aspect. Essentially the Hawks turned a mediocre wing who was signed for two years into a mediocre pg who is signed for only one. Thus they now potentially have up to $30 million available next summer to spend on free agents. Not to mention that Devin Harris is another expiring contract that can be used as trade bait. Devin Harris as a player is obviously not the reason for the trade. Short of including Jeff Teague with Horford in a trade for Howard, Teague is slated to be the starting point guard for the Hawks for a long while. Whether Harris or Farmar is the backup remains to be seen, but one of them will likely be gone by the trade deadline at the latest.

      Will the Hawks take a step back in the short term? You bet. But it won’t be as drastic as some have speculated. The Hawks really haven’t turned over the offense to Teague as they should have. This year you’ll see what he’s capable of and if it doesn’t meet expectations, well they can get rid of Teague after next season by not offering him a qualifying offer.

      Remember trades can’t only be viewed from a talent and player-fit perspective. The monetary situation is just as important, if not more so then the players being acquired or sent off.

  14. chc4 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    icewinna0 — you must be living in some parallel universe to think “Marvin Williams is a good athletic solid forward”. When he’s on the court no one can actually tell. He does absolutely nothing well. Marvin is a bad NBA player and a total disaster as the #2 pick way back when. People here in ATL can’t believe Ferry found anyone to take on his ridiculous contract.

  15. bougin89 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Maybe its just me and I’m biased towards Devin Harris because he was a Badger but I’d rather have Harris than Marvin Williams as a player and I would definitely rather have Harris’ contract over Williams’ contract. Seems like a total win for the Hawks.

  16. mannyicey - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I concur. I’m a Hawks fan and Danny Ferry’s money is no good at any sports bar in Atlanta. We simply cannot believe that people are actually picking up these contracts. I mean, is he a Jedi?

    If Utah gave us a bag of Skittles for Marvin Williams, we would have called Danny Ferry a genius. And what was the Nets thinking when they signed Joe Johnson? I mean, Joe Johnson’s salary THIS YEAR is higher than all of the other people mentioned as trade: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, etc. Plus, his salary is higher than Lebron, Wade, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, etc. As a matter of fact, there were NO players in the NBA Finals that made more money then Joe Johnson.

    So why are the Nets spending all that money?

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